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Dreams for sale:

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The Luxurious

Touch of

Jean-Marc Gady

Are you

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Ultra Relaxing Loungers

Horse Power Crazy Phuket

a member? Upscale private health clubs reviewed Professional Pampering Dr Orawan's

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contents special features

Exclusive Interview


Living News


With the latest property market reports, project updates and leisure news.

Event Calendar


Follow Tropical Living to property and lifestyle events around the world.

Industry Insiders


We talk fitness trends and private member health clubs with George Foose.

Living Solutions


Lutron show us innovative ways to save energy with lighting and shades.

Living Wellness


Dr Orawan’s holistic institute offers unique high tech beauty treatments.

Jean-Marc Gady the passionate designer with luxury brand appeal.

december 2010

contents living departments

Living Homes

Wang Nam Jai Villa,


Springfield Golf Villa, Hua Hin

The Park Chidlom,


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Luxury Living on a Grand Scale

Family Home at the Fairway

Exclusive Opportunity

Living Style Style News

Living Interiors

Living Essentials

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With the latest home dĂŠcor must-haves and designer updates.

Eric Leong works his makeover magic and creates a glam pink apartment. Enjoy lazy days by the pool with this relaxing range of sun loungers.

Living Leisure High Street

Living Motors

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Fashion pages with trend tips and celebrity spotting.

Luxury car fans look out for Munmaak Supercar Rally heading to Phuket.


Patrick K. Blaauw


Urarin Klaitin


Rachel Williams EDITOR

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ifestyles in Thailand have changed quite dramatically over the past few decades. The emergence of a new generation of young wealthy urbanites has created demand for luxury in all aspects of life, from the cars we drive to the condominiums we live in. A growing trend in today’s city society is for high end health and wellness services in the form of private fitness clubs and alternative treatment clinics. We take a look at both industries in this issue. Seara, famous in the world of fitness equipment are busy developing more than just fitness clubs. They are catering to clientele that demand a private yet social environment with fitness, spas, restaurants and bars all under one roof. We talk to George Foose in Industry Insiders to find out more about his niche market approach. Thailand is also making strides in the holistic health industry with thanks to Dr Orawan, an award winning Harvard graduate. Dr Orawan has a number of clinics throughout the country that can perform a wide variety of treatments and non evasive surgery using the latest technology. As she expands to open a second Phuket clinic at the Royal Phuket Marina, we talk to her about the latest treatments on offer. Fans of supercars are in for a treat this January as the Munmaak Car Rally hits the streets of Phuket, showing off some of the most luxurious cars in the country. We talk to the organiser to discover how each event is growing in popularity with more of Thailand’s elite car owners taking part. For the exclusive interview we meet upcoming French designer Jean-Marc Gady, who has worked throughout Asia decorating grand events and stores for Louis Vuitton. His ability to create a completely luxurious, yet unique look where ever he goes is inspiring. Don’t miss our regular features with news and reviews from the world of property and home interiors. Lastly, as the festive season approaches, the team at Tropical Living would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Rachel Williams

exclusive interview STORY : James Barnes IMAGES : Courtesy of Alexandra PR

Jean-Marc Gady The Surprising


Life Jean-Marc Gady is a man full of surprises. This softly spoken French designer has all the usual qualities you would expect of a globally renowned talent; the irresistibly impish good looks, the designer stubble and Gallic charm in abundance. However, the sheer range of his accomplishments is bewildering. And the broad diversity of his products is awesome. Working mostly for a plethora of luxury brands, he has excelled in everything from interior and product design to scenography and visual merchandising; from futuristic lighting installations to modern furniture with deceptively simple, sensual lines and opulent objets d’art of breathtaking beauty, often with the intriguing novelty of a trompe l’oeil (literally trick the eye). His early lighting and tableware designs for Ligne Rosit and Liv’it remain revolutionary and the materials he fashions range from silver to glass, plastics to paper and porcelain.



such as Castiglioni, Mari, Pesce and Mendini fascinated him and these influences have nurtured an exciting talent with universal appeal. Considering his work for an army of high end brands that include Guerlain, Louis Vuitton, Moet et Chandon, Dior, Chanel, Christofle, Dyptique, Baccarat, De Beers and even Apple Computers, he remains modest. When asked about his first big break on the road to success, he says, “As I am always unsatisfied, I do not believe that it has happened yet, and the road you are talking about is a very long one.” Maybe that dissatisfaction and angst are the hallmark burdens of all artists- make no mistake, and be in no doubt that Jean-Marc Gady is a rare artist of fine distinction. His creations have travelled the world and conquered all with supreme style and sophistication. Just a glimpse of his cool and sleek Moet et Chandon ice bucket and glasses fosters a thirst for Champagne!

Passionate and Obsessive He was born in that crucible of creativity, Paris, in the 1970’s; not a decade famed for tasteful design, in fact, quite the opposite. Growing up amidst all those freaky hairstyles and platform shoes, disco and glam rock, with the hangover of sixties psychodelia and all its excesses, he always knew he wanted to be a creative professional. He describes himself as; “Passionate and obsessive,” during his education in design and architecture. He taught at the Ecole Bleue (a private interior decoration and design school in Paris) after receiving his diploma cum laude and then he entered the world of advertising. Talking exclusively to Tropical Living, Jean-Marc said; “When I was younger, I was more attracted by images but I realised that the lack of a third dimension was a little frustrating.” His design hero and major inspiration was that other great French designer, Phillipe Starck, who, says Jean-Marc, “is an example for all designers.” Later, Italian masters


Great Challenges All those globally revered labels have presented a unique opportunity for Jean-Marc Gady to shine: “Each of those luxury brands has something very interesting in common- their know-how and heritage from hundreds of years of fine craft,” he says. “They also present a great challenge for a designer, as they have to be timeless and creative at the same time. Icons unite with very contemporary and seasonal themes. It is very interesting for a designer to be able to keep all this balanced.” Although a study of his work reveals a cohesion of natural, organic themes and simple lines, surprisingly, he says he has no signature design style. “My work is not driven by style, some say I have one, but I don’t see it. It is not something of which I am conscious. My creative process defines my working style. If I had to speak about style, I would answer using words like femininity, poetry, elegance, dream and rarity.” Movies and

literature remain the most influential source of inspiration for Jean-Marc, but more inspiration comes from everything he sees, things from the past as well as more contemporary visions. “Something very basic seen in the street can be the starting point of a long creative story,” he says, enigmatically. On top of his successes in the US and Europe, the peerless Monsieur Gady, with a string of awards and accolades, has also made his mark in Asia. “As I work for Louis Vuitton I have had the opportunity to visit a lot of Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and Japan. Most of the time I was travelling to design the Louis Vuitton opening parties; big locations, sometimes with more than 3,000 people.” He describes his Asian adventures as, “great times,” and he has fond memories of Thailand, even though, he recalls, “In Bangkok a few years ago, I remember I couldn’t get into my hotel for two days because the former US secretary of state, Colin Powell, was visiting Bangkok and was at the same hotel. There were bodyguards everywhere. I have very good memories of Bangkok, amazing markets and great traditional food everywhere in the streets.”


“I try to whisper, not to scream...” Jean-Marc Gady has dreams of setting up an office in Asia. “I love to work in Asia because it is a part of the world where tradition and modernity is really mixed in a good balance and every country has its own personality. This is very inspirational for my work,” he continues, “Asia and Europe have an important past dedicated to fine arts but in a completely different way and my work is mostly about poetry and dreams. I try to whisper, not to scream, this is something that fits the Asian spirit, I think,” he says, perceptively. This year has been an exceptionally busy one for Jean-Marc Gady. He has recently completed an exhibition scenography for Louis Vuitton in Paris at the Musée Carnavalet (the museum of Paris history) and the candle brand Diptyque is about to launch a sparkling range of new products he has designed at the end of year. In 2011, he will unveil his latest fabulous creations for Repetto and fantastic crystal candelabra for Baccarat.



So what advice does this French design king have for Tropical Living readers who want to introduce a little stylish je ne sais quois design into their homes? “The decoration of private spaces is mainly personal so use objects and furniture that tell stories, mix antique and contemporary styles but above all, it’s about spontaneity and feeling.” When Jean-Marc Gady talks, it is always infused with that same spontaneity and feeling. His enthusiasm is infectious and exhilarating. As are his classic, contemporary and timeless designs. His constantly surprising twists and his references to the classics whilst taming the shock of the new, adds to the design zeitgeist, proving that, like history itself, design is a constant evolution of themes and ideas. As designer giant Coco Chanel once said, “In order for one to be irreplaceable, one always has to be different.” Cast a loving, appreciative, eye over the many wonders of Jean-Marc Gady’s designs; see how he is different and agree that he is irreplaceable.



Compiled by Rachel Williams

Baht Strength Unlikely to Hurt Real Estate Short Term


CBRE Q2 Phuket Residential Report Highlights

s the USD - THB exchange rate has soared, prices of property assets in Thailand have seen a marked increase when quoted in USD. While the THB strength benefits foreigners disposing their Thailand based property assets at this time as they are getting more in USD terms, there is a growing concern over the potential negative impact of the THB appreciation on Thailand’s real estate sector. Suphin Mechuchep, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle Thailand, said: “A concern over the possible impact from the stronger THB currency on the property market is growing, particularly in the sectors where foreign buyers are a major source of demand such as Bangkok high-end condominiums and resort properties in key holiday destinations like Phuket.”

She commented that the stronger THB currency will diminish the attractiveness of Thailand’s real estate from foreign buyers’ point of view. However, in the short term, Jones Lang LaSalle does not anticipate a significant negative impact on Thailand real estate. This is because the current demand in Thailand’s real estate markets has come mainly from local buyers while demand from foreign buyers has dropped significantly over the past few years.


ccording to the latest CB Richard Ellis Phuket residential research report, the market is starting

to move forward and is set to establish a redefined character in terms of the nature of products that are saleable, the method by which they can be successfully developed, and the type of developer that can capitalise on this new order. The report states that signs are there in both high-end sales and also in products that offer value and those that offer a perceived low cost of entry.

Condominiums and apartments:  The total stock of completed resort standard condominiums

Piling Ceremony at Vantage

was approximately 3,000 units.  CBRE estimate that approximately 86% of units in completed buildings have been sold.  The average asking price of condominiums for sale by developers was approximately THB 93,000/sq m.

Villas:  The total stock of completed villas was 3,600 units, seven units were completed in Q2 2010.  Out of the completed stock, CBRE believe that 76% have been sold.  The average asking price of a luxury villa being marketed was THB 140.5 million.


rank Khan, the director of residential at Knight Frank Thailand (Left) attended the piling ceremony at Vantage condominium on Ratchadapisek Road, which is expected to be complete in October 2012.


The report concludes that the improved outlook globally and particularly in the region will help the Phuket market and selective new projects to do well.


City Hideaway for Golf Lovers


KBank Promotion at Northpoint


aimon Land, Thailand’s luxury property developer, has just announced a not-to-be-missed promotion

with Kasikorn Bank (KBank), reserved for buyers of the last remaining units at Northpoint. In this exclusive offer, buyers of selected one-bedroom and studio units, priced below THB 10 million, can benefit from 100%

orth Park Place, a luxury condominium by TCC Capital Land, recently welcomed members of the Rajpruek Golf Club for a relaxing day of golf and a tour of the property. North Park Place, a resort-style condominium comprises 130 units and is designed as a summer residence in Bangkok, complemented with superior facilities such as private lifts, swimming pool, golf course and the Rajpruek Club.

Going Green at Bluepoint


ophisticated in both style and design, the Bluepoint condominiums planned for Phuket’s west coast have been artistically sculpted

by internationally renowned architect Paul Raff Studio. The design is

financing with KBank and receive approval in just three

inspired by Raff’s passion for creating partnerships of environmentally

days, upon payment of the THB 100,000 booking fee.

responsible building strategies and elegant architectural composition.

In addition, Raimon Land will waive common area fees

“Our design aim was not only to maximise the feeling of living in this

for the first year, as well as absorb the sinking fund

gorgeous part of the world, but to do so in an environmentally responsible

and the transfer fee. For qualified buyers, installment

way. So we are using local and non-toxic materials, and we are also

payments can start after one year, and yet allow them

being energy efficient,” he said. “The design of the louvered facades,

to move in immediately to enjoy the world-class amenities

preserves ocean views while providing visual privacy, but they also

and the incomparable views offered at Northpoint.

shade the sun. This significantly reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint,” Raff comments. The low-rise boutique development of 20 units will be set in three buildings each with three levels. There are one- to three-bedroom homes ranging from 107 to 240 sq m. In addition to three sea view homes, Bluepoint has nine landscaped rooftop garden penthouses and eight plunge pool garden homes; all units have sea views.



Thailand Top Destination for UK and Australian Travellers


ith its range of exotic holiday offerings, famed beaches and affordability, Thailand has emerged the favourite Southeast Asian destination in the next two years for travellers from the United Kingdom and Australia, according to the Visa - Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Asia Pacific Travel Intentions Survey 2010. When asked to name the destination they would consider visiting in the next two years, 39% of respondents from Australia and 34% from the UK said Thailand. Somboon Krobteeranon, country manager, Thailand, Visa, said: “With Thailand aiming to restore international confidence, the survey findings have helped raise optimism for the country’s all-important tourism sector. The fact that many international travellers would consider visiting Thailand in the next two years marks a bright spot for the industry.”

Seve Ballesteros Announces Fifth Royal Trophy T

he fifth edition of the Royal Trophy golf championship played between Europe and Asia has been scheduled to take place on 7-9 January 2011 at Black Mountain Golf Club in the coastal city of Hua Hin. The prestigious and highly competitive team match-play continental championship will feature eight players and a captain representing the Asian and European continents respectively in a series of 16 foursomes, four-ball and singles matches. The Royal Trophy was created by the legendary five-time major winner Severiano Ballesteros with the intention of extending to Asian golf the same growth impetus the Ryder Cup delivered for Europe in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sail.TV to Broadcast the Kings Cup Regatta Globally


he 2010 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will have unprecedented coverage on television, telecommunications and online media thanks

to a deal with Sail.TV. The United Kingdom based sports production and broadcasting company will cover the pinnacle of the Asian sailing calendar as the action happens, allowing enthusiasts all over the world to follow the action race-by-race. Sail.TV made its mark on the sailing world with its much talked about 2007 live coverage of the 32nd America’s Cup from Valencia. Mark David CEO, iSports Limited, and owner of Sail.TV, is looking forward to providing a similar service for the 2010 King’s Cup.


LIVING NEWS PAWS Fund Raising Party Success


huket recently witnessed yet another stylishly funky fund raising event at Laguna’s new sophisticated Latitude Marque venue in support of

the Phuket Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The theme of the evening was taken from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast - and with a plethora of beautiful women and beastly men on display, the theme was clearly taken to heart by the masses! The purpose of the event was to raise much needed to funds to allow PAWS to expand and develop it’s field clinic operations around Phuket in 2011. As the 200 guests partied the night away, enough money was raised to ensure that these plans go ahead.

Unique Gourmet Theatre Opens in Phuket


team of Russian entrepreneurs recently opened a unique entertainment and dining experience in

Phuket called Palazzo. Guests are entertained by singers, musicians, acrobats, dancers and comedians from all over the world, while enjoying a five-course gourmet dinner. The ‘mirror palace’ created in the style of a century old Parisian theatre, promises a unique evening never seen before in Thailand.

Worldwide event calendar Tropical Living magazine promotes Thai property, interiors and lifestyle around the world through these select events and trade shows, putting thousands of magazines in the hands of qualified investors, home buyers and industry professionals with an interest in Thailand. Make yourself visible on the property radar, promote your business worldwide through Tropical Living magazine.


january 2011

january 2011

Jan 6-9, 2011 PIMEX Phuket International Boat Show

Jan 7-9, 2011 The Royal Trophy

Royal Phuket Marina

Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin

PIMEX is a marine showcase that boasts a mixture of superb luxury yachts, charter boats and the latest marine equipment. Now in its eighth year, the next installment of this international waterside show is set to welcome yachties and landlubbers alike at the prestigious Royal Phuket Marina.

The fifth edition of the Royal Trophy will be held at the Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin. The prestigious championship will feature eight players and a captain representing the Asian and European continents respectively in a series of 16 foursomes, four-ball and singles matches.

APRIL 2011

MAY 2011

Apr 14-17, 2011 China International Boat Show - CIBS

May 30 - Jun 1, 2011 Cityscape Asia

Shanghai Exhibition Centre

Shanghai Exhibition Centre

The 2010 four day event at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre attracted more than 400 brands with 252 boats displayed plus 126 boat models. The trade value broke the record of 300m RMB. The 16th edition in 2011 promises more and expects to see prospective buyers from the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Cityscape’s portfolio of exhibitions, conferences and seminars brings together international investors, developers, government and investment authorities, leading architects, designers, consultants and all senior professionals involved in the real estate industry. These platforms exist to enhance and support the vision for real estate growth worldwide to an international audience.

Industry Insider STORY : Voralak Suwanvanichkij IMAGES : Courtesy of Seara


a Niche Market


George Foose, executive director of Seara

Over the past two decades there has been a significant lifestyle shift in Thailand, as the economy has grown and urbanised communities have expanded. Life is more convenient, yet this positive development is creating some unhealthy side effects.


his has been recognised by the Thai National Health Examination Survey 2004 which revealed

that 35% of men and 44.9% of women in the country were overweight or obese. So it’s no surprise that the emergence of health and fitness clubs have taken off in a big way in urban Thailand. Being a member of a sport and fitness club is now the norm for many city dwellers, and the services at the high end are ever evolving to include restaurants, bars and spas to provide a complete social experience. The latest luxury hotels, condos and housing estates all boast fully equipped facilities which is now an expected part of the package. George Foose, the executive director of Sports Engineering and Recreation Asia Ltd. (Seara), is well aware of the increasing part that fitness plays in the commercial and hospitality industry, and shares his insights with Tropical Living.


Dynamic Business George describes his business as one that plans, supplies, and builds recreation and sports facilities in various types of real estate and hospitality projects. George elaborates: “We prefer the top end of the fitness industry and building sports facilities to the standards demanded by each sports international governing body.” Also, with an extensive background in private luxury club management, George gravitated to new opportunities when interest in private city dining clubs, such as the Heritage Club in Bangkok’s Amarin Plaza, dwindled. “There is not a lot of new investment” due to the changing tastes of a newer generation of consumers that no longer value such establishments. He devised a new business:

With over 800 members, the club features

walk-ins; mystique surrounding the club’s

the upscale private health club.

a large open gym fitted with Life Fitness

exclusivity is a big draw, and the club has

and Hammer Strength professional grade

to “become an institution” in and of itself.

equipment, among others. It also offers

According to the Cascade Club’s website:

of the spectrum from the mass market fitness

members personal training, Pilates, yoga,

“A true club is joined, not paid for...”

centres, the ‘big box’ clubs that usually

spinning and other fitness classes, as well

operating in large, former retail spaces,”

as Aldo’s Mediterranean Bistro and Wine

George explains, adding: “We want to operate

Bar and the Green Leaf day spa. Seara also

means to “combat the rigours of daily life,

like a fine private club, bringing luxury to the

owns and operates the RPM Health Club

including stress, obesity, pollution, and

health club business.”

at the Royal Phuket Marina in Phuket.

ageing, in a fun and stylish environment,”

“Luxury health clubs are at the other end

While membership is viewed as a

an urban setting is key. George says: “This Seara’s current ventures include the

Marketing is kept at a minimum: “If

type of business only works in the main

Cascade Club, a 3,500 sq m private lifestyle

you have to advertise a private club, then

business areas in the city. Weekday

club on Sathorn Road in Bangkok that has

something is wrong,” says George. New

mornings and evenings are the busiest

been in operation for five and a half years.

members are mostly through referrals and

times; weekends are quieter.”

Advice for Developers In a broad sense, the private health club, stand alone or as part of any real estate development, is part of what George refers to as an “amenity-oriented development,” or any feature that is attractive to a project’s chosen market, adding value to the property. The Cascade Club, for example, is housed in the same building as Ascott Sathorn Bangkok, a luxury serviced apartment and private residences operator. Opening its doors to Ascott guests, the club provides social, dining, and other hospitality elements, “a key driver of both commercial and residential real estate development.”


While nearly any type of property

What comprises a sound amenity strategy

development can utilise amenities to

for developers? George advises that it is one

retaining full control of the amenity by hiring

maximise its attractiveness, George

that “has a clear understanding of the market,

a professional facility manager with variable

cautions: “The project’s amenity strategy

a recognition of the reality of the core

degrees of responsibility and authority.

might not work. If it does not generate

project’s life cycle, and an early plan for

sales, the higher carrying cost and debt,

the eventual transfer of the operational

accentuated by lower than expected

management and/or equity control of the

amenity users, George cautions that

revenues, could cripple the entire project.”

amenity.” For the latter, there are four main

“it would be wise to understand the

Also, a poorly planned amenity package

disposition plans including transfer of the

‘transfer’ of both the perceived value

can tie up a developer with high maintenance

amenity to an owner’s association through

over time from the developer to the user,

and operating cost. Golf courses, sports

an equity plan, where residents or members

as well as the transfer of economic

clubs, and marinas are classic examples:

decide on its day-to-day management;

responsibility of maintaining the facility.”

“The exclusive golf and country clubs on

contracting operations to a professional

For recreational amenities, “quality sells

Bang Na Trat Highway never materialised

management firm while retaining equity

and cost less in the long term,” he says.

as developers had promised; most never

control and financial responsibility; leasing

Buyers should always “insist on international

got around to building the country club

the space and/or jointly investing in the amenity

standard design, construction, surfacing,

and other recreational portions of the

with a professional amenity development

and equipment in the project.” Backed

club; the projects are now just public

and management company that then assumes

by extensive experience and first-hand

golf courses.”

full profit and loss control of the facility

(as in the case of the Cascade Club); and

For buyers, club members, and other

insight, this is indeed sound advice. For more information:


PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : Marie Moon IMAGES : Nakarin Banjerdjin



Luxury Living on a Grand Scale

It’s impossible to judge the scope of this magnificent villa from its entry point. With 800 sq m of interior space and another 1,400 sq m of gardens, Wang Nam Jai is one of the largest, most scenic, luxury villas in all of Phuket.



irstly the sweeping sea views demand attention. Facing southwest and taking in all of Patong Bay one can’t help but sigh with awe at the sight. Located on the southern most tip of the Millionaire’s Mile, the 6 km drive from Kamala is breathtaking with panoramic sea views trying to distract you

from the winding mountain road. Running along the coastline this scenic cul-de-sac is protected from the hum of motorbikes and cars and curious passersby.

A Unique Orientation Where most west coast villas stare blankly out to sea, this one has a unique 270 degree sea view; by day it is a glorious glistening panorama with cruise ships, superyachts and the charming Thai longtail boats providing aquatic musings, framed by lush green jungles and the deep blue of the bay. By nightfall it turns into a star-scape of twinkling lights as Patong blinks with life, silently in the distance.


The villa, which was meticulously planned and designed by the owner, is separated into two distinct divisions. The upper half of the property is devoted to guest suites, the utility areas and an office, while the remaining areas are designed to facilitate the owner’s everyday lifestyle. The guest suites are wonderfully spacious all with large ensuite bathrooms and plenty of built in closet space. From the king-sized beds the view is present through full-length glass walls on three sides. Sparkling through the tree tops, the blue sea glints good morning. The maid’s quarters are positioned near the utilities rooms; storage area, laundry, and on the top level of this building sits a most extraordinary home office. Encased in floor to ceiling glass walls with 360 degree views, the office is the perfect place to find the inspiration needed for work. It is connected to a small landscaped garden nook which provides an ideal spot for a mid-morning coffee break or an afternoon cocktail; the shady area overlooking the coastline below.





Scenic Rainforest Trails Downstairs from the office, a scenic walkway leads down the hillside, through the lush mature landscape to

Throughout the entire house creative lighting adds even more luxury to this amazing property with spotlighting, soft glowing lamps and cleverly placed architectural lights emphasising the textures and angular nuances of the architecture.

the swimming pool. When the house was built no mature trees were felled and all the massive natural boulders

One level up from the pool brings you to the

were retained, meaning that today the house stands

home theatre which is housed in a large pavillion

within an almost untouched landscape. Recognising its

with comfortable plush sofas perfect for relaxing

natural beauty, the owner had built a series of wooden

with a favourite film. Air-conditioning vents placed

walkways that lead through the rainforest terrain, along

in the floor pump cool air upwards giving instant

the sheer coastline encircling the property. The walk is

cool relief on those hot Thailand days.

energetic in parts and leads to various viewpoints, each turn presenting a new picture-postcard view.

Positioned directly above the home theatre is the living room. Here, gorgeous tropical furniture

The divine swimming pool is located on the lower level

with plump white cushions sit overlooking the

situated next to a fully equipped barbecue kitchen. The

blessed view. Full-length glass doors on three sides

large, deep infinity-edged pool blends seamlessly with the

slide away to be completely contained within the

horizon even from a seated position on the deck. By night,

walls. This opens up the pavillion to the constant

dramatic torch flames flare from decorative urns positioned

fresh sea breeze and allows that indoor-outdoor

next to the pool steps creating a stunning visual effect.

lifestyle that is so attractive about the tropics.



Entertainment on any Scale An open, paved courtyard fills the space between the living room, a large covered sala and the kitchen and dining rooms. The courtyard is beautifully decorated with pretty tropical gardens forming a colourful backdrop. Impressively huge bromeliads cram a terraced garden interspersed with Thai orchids and mature frangipani trees, to create a visual and aromatic sensation. In the same scene a waterfall cascades down the steps collecting in a bubbly pool which adds sound to the mix. With all these senses appeased, this courtyard is a great place for entertaining on any scale. With a view of the courtyard and the sea beyond it, the dining room features an amazing square teakwood dining table that can comfortably seat up to 12 people. The kitchen lies behind the dining room and is well designed. As a family kitchen it is very large, however the lifestyle attached to a villa like this generally means the occupants don’t need to do much in the way of cooking with the gracious villa staff carefully attending to the owners’ needs.



The master suite, of course, has pride of place on the

What’s most impressive about this grand villa

uppermost level of the tallest pavillion. Imagine the far-

is the attention to space both inside and outside

reaching sea views that stretch from the Samsara headland

the living areas. Where most Phuket villas sit on

along the coastline of Patong Bay and southward into the

plots of up to two rai with the house taking up

blue distance. The Phuket sunset from these heights, wrapped

most of the space, this villa sits on over four rai

in private luxury is an altogether different experience. The

of absolutely prime west coast land and the

master suite is complemented by a spacious bathroom in

owner was clever to put as much effort into

which sits a marble circular spa tub easily large enough for

the landscaping as the house. The result is an

six people, but certainly alone you would be able to float in it.

utterly luxurious tropical retreat enveloped by

Great Elevation

pristine rainforest, inhabited by nature’s most attractive birds and butterflies and all of this is only enhanced by the spectacular sea views from every corner.

From the elevation of the master suite you can see another Thai sala sitting among the shady green foliage a little way

This extraordinary villa and the exceptional

down the hill. This sala is intended to be a dining pavillion with

lifestyle that comes with it, is for sale, the price is

sunken seating around a Japanese teppanyaki table. The

available on application. For more information

walkways that pass the sala connect to the ones that lead

and to arrange a viewing, contact exclusive

around the coast and into the rainforest linking this more

sales agent Bob Andrews at Phuket Land,

isolated area back to the guest quarters.

telephone 087 6937100.


Property Profile STORY : Dave Swinfen IMAGES : Courtesy of Engel & Vรถlkers

Family Home

at the Fairway




Legendary playwright and author, A A Milne once noted that golf is so popular because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad. This sums up the mindful folly of the pastime perfectly, and if you seek to indulge your golfing fantasies regularly, in between entertaining guests at your luxury home, then this is probably one of the finest houses in Thailand.



t is so hard to find a photo that does

She explains, “this is the perfect modern contemporary family home

justice to the property. It’s unusual layout

that exudes a warm feeling throughout and is surrounded by a lush

makes it difficult to get an exact idea of

tropical green garden while employing high quality imported materials

the whole house in just one or two pictures” says

throughout its construction. It is cosy, but vast, and supports family life very

Apinya Punsa-ard, assistant manager of Engel &

well. It was designed as a place to live in and what makes it truly special

Völkers, Hua Hin, as she introduces what is

is that now this home is for sale.” Actually, it is one of a number of reasons

probably the most unique and breathtaking

why this home is special, along with the fact that it sits right on Springfield

property in the area.

Golf and Spa Resort.

Activities Abound The Springfield course remains one of the premier golfer’s opponents in the district, and one of the 10 most highly-rated courses in all of Thailand. You will arrive at this Jack Nicklaus signature course some 20 minutes before you reach Hua Hin if travelling from Bangkok. Delightfully, it is also just seven kilometres from the beach too. This is a location which panders to the sun-sea-swing desires of those who want to mix their golf with their seaside G&Ts. Apinya continues, “there is a shuttle bus service to transport hotel guests and home owners from Springfield Golf and Spa Resort to the beach and Hua Hin town, so access is very easy. In terms of Springfield itself, it’s well planned, lush, and the trees are all mature. It is simultaneously open and breezy, but altogether private, peaceful and secluded. The house features a large office which looks out over the course. The master bedroom has a unique, curved custom glass window arrangement which also allows for panoramic views of a lake and fairway.”


The house covers some 1,700 sq m out of a total plot

Apinya says “the roof is cedar shingle from Canada

size of 3,200 sq m. In terms of grand space, the thing

and has a 50 year guarantee. The windows and door frame

that is first likely to strike you with its enormity is the free

are made from German UPVC and the master bedroom

form swimming pool, which curls its way to a total 240

has a panoramic window; they had to make it a few times

sq m of cool respite, and features salt water chlorination.

to get it right! It’s very bespoke, but the family wanted

The pool links the guest house to the main house, and is

something new, something innovative. Every detail has

complimented by a fish pond and waterfall at the

been carefully considered. The builder has an excellent

main entrance.

track record and was chosen based on the quality of their past workmanship.�

Eye-catching Architecture

Special Features

The smooth-curved theme continues throughout the project. This fabulous house was completed in 2007, and


There are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms over two

manages to blend modern contemporary styling with

levels, and the house will be sold completely furnished. The

warmth and character. A great deal of thought has gone

cinema room features a 65-inch Bang & Olufsen television,

into each planning element of the concept; the ceiling

and all of the wiring and power has been shielded and

insulation has the best quality German material, which

recessed to offer a genuine stealth install. The B&O remote

maintains the house at a cool temperature without the

also controls the Lutron lighting system; virtually everything in

need for extensive mechanical air conditioning; the patio

the house is programmable and operates by remote control,

has been built using non-porous stone so the stones do

all specifications have been subject to the same diligent

not age or diminish as the years pass.

level of involvement from the owner.

There are two kitchens. One is a top specification, German-made Leicht kitchen with Gaggenau and Siemens appliances. The other is a stainless steel professional kitchen which was designed for the professional live-in chef who specified the layout and components in conjunction with the owner. The counter tops are commercial quality throughout, and the kitchen features a walk-in chiller and temperature control wine room. Outside, there is a Teppanyaki bar near the poolside; this truly is a house for a family who dedicates themselves to the enjoyment of the best of the region’s food, be it indoors or al fresco. This is also clearly a home for those who love entertaining as much as they love their golf. Indeed, the two-bedroom guest house is a self-contained unit, meaning guests can stay when the owners are not present, without requiring them to access the main house. With so many bases covered, it would seem to be a dream house for many different people. Engel & Völkers, however, have a clearly defined buyer in mind. Apinya explains, “it will appeal to a very exclusive set of target buyers. They will be successful, discerning people who love golf, the great outdoors and entertaining. The house is truly unique, and it appeals to quite a broad selection of people. However, due to the size and the quality of the construction, we are talking about a high-end premium type of buyer. Some may consider it a second home or vacation getaway.” That closing comment itself may well have just redefined luxurious Tropical Living, in this, one of Thailand’s most well known beach side localities, with its evergreen popularity and immense opportunity for the enjoyment of life, and perhaps more importantly even than that, the enjoyment of golf.

For sales enquiries contact ENGEL & VÖLKERS: Telephone: +66(0)32 513 202 Website:



STORY : Voralak Suwanvanichkij PHOTOGRAPHER : Chavalit Kamolthammanon

Exclusive Opportunity


This luxurious apartment at The Park Chidlom offers high-style living of a calibre rarely seen in Bangkok.


ne of The Park Chidlom’s most outstanding

and a staff bedroom with its own entrance connected

features is its location. The twin buildings,

to a service elevator.

including the 28-storey Chidlom Tower and

35-storey Somkid Tower, are situated on more than

The unit has no shared walls, ensuring that each

five rai of land between the leafy Soi Somkid and

residence is a private, tranquil home. Specially

Chidlom Road.

designed air conditioning systems and insulated glass further minimise outside noise. The buildings also

A 21st floor freehold unit in Somkid Tower is currently on the market for THB 55 million. The condo is accessed by elevator that opens directly onto a private lobby off the sunny living space. Through enormous panes

incorporate the latest technology in safety, security, and home automation systems.

Classic Contemporary

of glass that face bustling Ploenchit are striking views: large patches of greenery, gleaming high rises, and expanses of sky.

A professional interior designer has meticulously decorated the entire unit. All rooms contain paneled walls, and much of the furnishings are from Barbara

With 258.87 sq m of space, the unit contains three

Barry, a brand known for its classic pieces tempered

bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms, and a fourth

with a modern sensibility. In cream, brown and other

bedroom that is currently being used as a study and

earthy tones, the furniture, accessories, and soft goods

home theatre. In addition, the home features an open

exude an understated elegance against unmatched

kitchen, dining, living and bar area, two large balconies,

levels of comfort.



Exquisite Asian-inspired artwork, such as paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, afford character to the space. One striking piece is a custom-made colourful

Property Highlights:

glass sculpture of abstract twisting forms reminiscent of a cluster of swimming fish. Along with the living and dining rooms, the master bedroom is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing ample light and air circulation. The bedroom also includes its own terrace, walk-in closet, and large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. A smaller bedroom that was used as a child’s room features cheery,

Unit size 258.87 sq m THB 55 million Three ensuite bedrooms Master bedroom with walk in closet and Jacuzzi Study / home theatre Maids room with access to service lift Classic furnishings from Barbara Barry Asian inspired artwork

bold wallpaper and customised seating. The open kitchen is a gourmand’s delight, fully furnished to the highest standards. Quality appliances include a four-burner hob, electric oven, microwave, and dishwasher. A sliding panel helps section off the cooking area, if desired. A separate bar area contains space for drink preparation and storage, including a large wine fridge. In addition to the furnishings and appliances, the current owner is including all home theatre equipment, flat screen televisions, carpets, and lamps. Built-ins include walk-in closets, dressing tables, and storage cabinets.

Shared facilities: 90 metre swimming pool Gazebos in lush gardens Café Children’s play area and pool Fitness centre, tennis court Table tennis room, snooker and pool tables Aerobics room Golf practice room Jogging track Steam room and sauna Private spa

With such offerings against a highly convenient and desirable locale, The Park Chidlom provides high-style living of a calibre rarely seen in the city.

For sales enquiries, contact CB Richard Ellis on telephone +66 (0) 2654 1111 ext 418.


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Designer Delights

Ecology Counts at Arper Arper are an Italian furniture company that export their innovative seating and tables to over 80 countries worldwide. Safety, ergonomics, health and the environment are strong areas of focus for the company which has been ISO 9001 and 14001 certified, their products also carry the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) ecolabel.

Gaia & Gino Luxury Gifts This award winning Turkish company offer luxury designer gifts for the home and are presenting their latest products at the Motif art of living store at Erawan floor 3, Bangkok. The Valencia candle holder range designed by Jamie Hayon and the Gino handmade opical glass figurines designed by Harry Allen are amongst the latest gift products on display.

Golden Christmas with Bisazza Soft Stones Designer Ronel Jordaan explored the possibilities of using felt as a creative medium and began to turn fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms. By patiently rubbing and coaxing threads of pure wool, she creates shapes in nature that inspire her. The most recognisable of all her products are her pebbles and rocks.


Add a touch of glamour and brightness to your home this Christmas with the precious gold designs from Bisazza mosaic and home collections. Blends and patterns bejewelled with mosaic tiles in yellow and white gold and signed by renowned designers suggest stylish inspirations for home decor, while the accessories and complements of the Bisazza Home collection become perfect gift ideas for Christmas.

Kibsi Launches Brick KiBiSi has designed the Brick series for Versus. The series consists of a pouf, a chair, a two and three seater. The company set out to make a sofa with strong architectural references since KiBiSi partner Bjarke Ingels couldn’t really find the right architect’s sofa for his apartment.

Nicki Beach from Fendi This fun outdoor chair from Fendi is a perfect nest for relaxation which comes with its own built in sunshade. Nicki Beach can seat up to three adults and is available in ivory or anthracite-black in a special Vienna weave.

Tom Dixon Arrives in Asia Renowned English designer Tom Dixon launches his new collection, ‘Industry’ in Asia with press conferences in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Launched products include Void, a mysterious lighting object with a double wall spun construction in solid copper, brass and stainless steel and Jack, the polyethylene ‘sitting, stacking and lighting thing’ now available in black.

Metallic Ceramics! Bosa Ceramics is a family run business from a small Italian village Borso Del Grappa. A distinguishing feature of their hand made vases, lamps and furnishings is that they are often enriched with precious metals made in uniquely blended colours.

Stockists: Arper, Gaia & Gino, Ronel Jordaan, Bosa: Motif art of Living. Bisarra: Nicki Beach Fendi, Tom Dixon: Decor Mart. Brick Sofa Kibisi:


Kelly Hoppen iPhone App Offering users access in to Kelly Hoppen’s unique interior design style at the touch of a button, the unique iPhone App reveals tips on how to create a stylish room and a zen ambience in their home. The App includes bedroom, kitchen, table and shelving styling, top tips, inspirations, about Kelly and a shop menu.

HBA Interiors at Siam Kempinski Oasis in Bangkok Styled around a unique botanical garden representing Thailand’s most lush and impressive flora, the new Siam Kempinski hotel in the heart of Bangkok was a labour of love for interior designers HBA. The serene oasis is the product of an eight year collaboration with prominent Thai owners, including members of the Royal Family, to reflect Thailand’s unique cultural and natural heritage.

New Garden Gallery at Shangri-La A versatile event suite called ‘The Garden Gallery’ was recently unveiled at the newly refurbished Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, boasting modern technology in a relaxed and sophisticated environment. The fully functional entertainment area is 169 sq m in size and combines a live cooking space featuring innovative Gaggenau technology and an Arc Linea kitchen that facilitates the creation of the most sophisticated dishes within the elegant reception area.

ATELIER DECOR MART Now Open Decor Mart recently opened their new 330 sq m accessories gallery located on the 3rd floor of Siam Paragon. The gallery showcases exquisite home decoration collections and gift items from Armani/Casa, FENDI Casa, KENZO maison, Ralph Lauren Home and a few other brands from Europe and America.


Absolutely Fabulous Phuket Showroom Now Open Absolutely Fabulous, the classic and contemporary interiors company from Bangkok, have expanded to open a second store on the resort island of Phuket, to meet the needs of a growing local client base. The huge 1,150 sq m, two storey showroom, is centrally located at the Premium Outlet Gallery Zone on the Bypass Road and is stocked with the company’s renowned reclaimed teak wood home furnishings designed by top European designers and made by craftsmen in Indonesia for a true east-meets-west style. The wide range of lounge furniture includes Belgian designed linen sofas and premium quality, full aniline leather sofas. Stylish home decoration finishing touches such as mirrors, lamps, cushions and other accessories are also available.

The Phuket store enables the family business to better serve clients with personal home visits, expert interiors advice, as well as quicker delivery. Store manager Nicole McLean says: “We have experienced increasing demand from Phuket home owners and are very excited to open this second store to provide local buyers with a bespoke service and unique beautifully crafted furnishings that cannot be found anywhere else on the island.” Absolutely Fabulous has been endorsed by a number of celebrities not only for their unique style and design but because the company continues to make a difference in the industry by committing to environmentally friendly practices and products. For more information visit the showroom from 10.00 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday.

Absolutely Fabulous Phuket: Building C1-C2, Premium Outlet- Gallery Zone, Telephone: +66(0)76 350 465

Drive–Up Apartments from BIG Danish architect firm BIG, are celebrating the completion of their latest housing development ‘8 House’ located in Orestad, Copenhagen. The construction of the 61,000 sq m project, allows people to bike all the way from the street up to its 10th level penthouses alongside terraced gardens where the first residents have already moved in. The bowtie-shaped mixed-use building contains residential housing and 10,000 sq m of retail and offices space, making it Denmark’s largest private development ever undertaken.




Magic Eric Leong, Malaysia’s favourite interior designer is sharing some top décor tips from his latest book Design Fast Forward. In this chapter we discover how to make a glam urban pink apartment

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LIVING SOLUTIONS STORY : Marie Moon IMAGES : Courtesy of Lutron

Thailand is blessed with glorious sunshine and plenty of it, averaging nine hours a day. While this is the reason that so many people prefer to live in Thailand, all this sunshine and UV rays reek havoc on myriad household products. GRAFIK Eye速 QS preset light and shade control system

Lutron Window Shades Seamless, Silent and Energy-Saving


ading and weakening of fibers soon renders your expensive custom-made furniture to the secondhand bin. The solar heat will also increase the need for air conditioning. Lowering a blackout shade during daytime blocks not only the solar heat but also all the daylight which can be used to complement artificial lighting

and make the space more lively. Offering practical solutions for these problems, Lutron is an innovative company that realises the potential for daylight harvesting to save energy while still providing a comfortable indoor environment.


Daylight harvesting is a wonderful concept that

Skylights are a popular design feature in many modern

adjusts the level of incoming daylight and artificial

tropical homes doubling as excellent sources of natural light

light to achieve preferred room brightness goals with

and interesting architectural features in their own right. Lutron

the help of an automated shading system.

tensioned shades are designed for skylights, bottom-up windows and angled windows. Once again, advanced

The system is called Sivoia QED


(Quiet Electronic

technology is utilised to ensure the tension shades do not

Drive). The drive, as its name suggests, operates

bulge or sag, keeping the fabric flush to the window to reduce

shades at virtual silence, avoiding the nuisance

light gaps around the fabric. The frames, mounted on the

usually created by regular motorised shades. Sivoia

surface, inside or recessed into the skylight, eradicates the

QED also features simple installation, IR remote

need for cable guides that are typical of skylight design.

control and a flexible design that can work in virtually any installation. For roller shades, the light

All types of Lutron shades can integrate seamlessly with

gaps are minimal at 19mm. The assortment of roller

Lutron lighting control systems without any interface. When

shades range from sheer to dim-out to black-out

combined with GRAFIK Eye速 QS, a fully customisable

fabrics to control the amount of natural light flowing

automation system which controls light and shade levels

into a room at your discretion.

according to predetermined settings, the Lutron window treatments can give you total control of electric light and

Beside roller shades, Sivoia QED also comes with

daylight, at the touch of one button, or simply per time

roman shades ideal for windows with numerous

schedule with no touch at all, thanks to the built-in time

panels and add a touch of old-world sophistication

clock of the GRAFIK Eye QS.

to a room. Lutron offers an innovative technology named CERUS (Cord Eliminating Roman Uptake

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System) ensuring no unsightly cords hanging down

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Living Wellness

STORY : Dave Swinfen PHOTOGRAPHER : Jimmy Jai


Edge of Care Doctor Orawan Kitchawengkul has been a pioneer of holistic treatments in Thailand for over two decades and has won numerous international awards in countries such as the UK, Switzerland, France, USA, Malaysia, Hong Kong and of course Thailand. Despite such international acclaim and being the most respected practitioner in her field in Thailand, Dr Orawan remains grounded and her affectionate and gentle persona is evident as she chats to Tropical Living about her Holistic Institute and the opening of a new clinic in Phuket.


What type of people use the institute and why? Do you have a typical customer? “We have all kinds of people who choose to become clients. We have enjoyed a good reputation for more than 20 years, so people are happy to use us. My customers know me from presenting on the Channel 11 Television show, so they already feel like they are family! They realise that with the latest holistic equipment, we can apply these new techniques to pre-existing medical conditions where traditional medical therapy has not helped. We are even able to help with certain cancers, and we work on the basis that if you have internal beauty, it can cure many ailments in addition to benefiting their external appearance. People are sometimes slow to embrace these new techniques, so I try to educate clients and show them how we can help. Consultation is the key, so I will only recommend a treatment if I am really sure it will help them.�


Do first-time customers begin with something simple, then come back with demands for more involved procedures?

For example, we will recommend acupressure rather than

“It works both ways. Some prefer to start with smaller

Every country has its own set of requirements, but 80% of

acupuncture, and we use natural herbal extracts in hair growth therapy. We can combine the best of east and west techniques.

treatments, but many first-time customers are already aware

procedures are ‘non-med’ and just need a med-tech or physical

of the Institute. For example, every Sunday, I do a radio

therapist to be able to administer effective treatment. Homoeopathy,

show on 98.5FM where I discuss the new innovations and

for example, is proven worldwide, so we become the navigator in

therapies. I’m still actively involved with the procedures,

assisting them to embrace these new techniques.”

and with teaching, lecturing and training. I graduated in laser speciality from Harvard, and I’ve never stopped learning since. For this reason, new customers feel they are already able to trust us with more complex treatments.”

Do you see anything specific to Asia that you may not experience if you were to operate in Europe or the USA? “The biggest challenge is in licensing regulations, but I am planning to expand overseas. In the USA I am obtaining an American board of anti ageing medicine licence, so we use a system of franchise that allows us to use our ‘para-med’ techniques to satisfy regulations.


How has technology changed the industry? Which of your current services do you think is the most innovative? “We continually invest in new equipment, attend the academic seminars, and often I lecture in Singapore and Korea. The new machines require technical training, and I enjoy being able to supply feedback to the manufacturers. We have a new machine which combines all the latest techniques, in addition to using multi-polar radio frequency to tighten the face. We also have invested in fraxel equipment which is effective for treating scars and in accelerating wound care. Fraxel can be combined with radio frequency, and we can include a non-invasive eye-lift procedure which is popular for eye rejuvenation. Also, we use a new techniques for face-lift, where we inject gold

in all areas, even over the abdomen. The benefits are no down-time,

under the skin. Gold is an inert substance, and it stays

as it allows for immediate recovery. The machines are superb, but you

there for a long time, simulating natural collagen and

have to do your part too in managing diet and exposure to sun. I test

anti free radicals.

all the machines personally; I do not allow customers to use them until I have proven it on myself. We only offer treatments which are safe

“This is a totally new technique and will be available


and effective, because the client is our VIP. Our latest bio-identical

at Phuket. It is a new alternative to botox, but our system

hormone, for example, is plant-derived, and therefore non-synthetic;

gives a flexible movement afterwards, lifting and smoothing

it’s an anti-ageing treatment which can safely be used long-term.”

Why did you choose to open a new clinic in Phuket, and what services will it provide? “At the Royal Phuket Marina, we will demonstrate a new range of therapies, at the opening event we had two clients provide a live demonstration. We opened a second branch in Phuket because some clients don’t want to go the existing clinic in the Bangkok Phuket Hospital; they don’t like to feel like patients, because they are beauty clients. The first clinic is

programme whilst clients are waiting. The new clinic is decorated beautifully, and there is soothing music and aromatherapy also.”

You’ve been operating successfully since 1988. What is the secret to making a lasting impact in this industry? “I just do my best and my clients support me. We do

beautiful, with a classical Thai theme, and it has operated

whatever they need, and they asked us for another branch, so

successfully for 12 years already. The new marina clinic is very

we responded. We went to Phuket initially because the hospital

exclusive and very private. We specialise in natural treatment

invited me on the basis that our standard is world-class, and

with a spiritual focus, supported by

overseas clients demanded it. We

these proven new technologies. Hair

regularly have international VIPs

growth will be a speciality area too,

come here with the government,

and forms part of our complete

sometimes in Bangkok, sometimes

mantra; Perfect Face, Best Body,

in Phuket. Within three years, our

Healthy Hair, Excellent Holistic Care.

government wants Thailand to be

Here, our philosophy is in treating

the leading holistic care hub in

with no pain, no surgery, and

Asia, so we will be a key partner,

we can even support those with

hence the franchise system and

hyper-sensitive skin. We also offer

subsequently, the franchise award.

a spa experience with a relaxation

We were actually awarded too.”


You yourself have an incredible wealth of experience. Is there anything else you wish to achieve in terms of personal goals? “I’m still learning. You cannot stop, because the clients want the best technology, and it’s important to keep up with the techniques. I go to the seminars and look at new innovations they have recommended. Sometimes, they approach me directly and I have to learn and complete the process of testing. It’s a long process but we have

You have your own brand of shampoos and serums. How has this gone for you, and why did you introduce them?

the knowledge, so we know how to apply it in new ways, and offer them tips to refine their machines and use them in practical and commercial environments. We are pleased to be part of

“We’ve been offering the products for more than 10

that development process. We want people to be aware that you

years. We have an in-house Phd pharmacist, and I’m the

can use traditional massage, acupuncture, nutrition, homoeopathy

dermatologist, so we can innovate and use nanotechnology

and holistic techniques to treat almost any kind of medical

to make the products more effective. These proven products

condition too.

will be available in Phuket too. The Japanese FDA have also registered our serums for use. We will have a new branch

“My personal goal is to expand my useful knowledge

opening in Tokyo soon! The owner of the building came to

through my franchise system to make people all around the

me for hydro acupuncture, and she found it very effective

world healthy, happy and beautiful.”

where conventional medical solutions had failed. Besides, our innovative facial rejuvenation set is our best seller by combining Thai herbs, gold and nanotechnology.”


To find out more about the latest treatments and techniques available from Dr Orawan, visit or drop by the new Holistic Institute at the Royal Phuket Marina, telephone +66(0)76 360 833.

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living motors STORY : Dave Swinfen IMAGES : Courtesy of MunMaak


Comes to Phuket

“Excuse me,” the stranger asked. “Aren’t you the fellow with the silver Maserati?” Our interview paused as Dave Teirlynck shook hands with the gentleman. He pointed to the television in the corner of the bar, and said, “your car is on TV.” Dave smiled, thanked the other, and returned to his two-pint pitcher of Hoegaarden. Welcome to the “MunMaak Experience”.


ave Teirlynck, Belgian ex-pat

wonderful drives through this beautiful

Bangkok. The first rally was difficult

and self-confessed supercar

country and partake in several days of

to organise due to having to convince

nut has been living in Thailand

five-star living, with some of the region’s

people to participate in an event they

for eight years. It’s very easy to enjoy all

best hotels, dining experiences and

knew little about. Worries centered

of the relaxed treats this country has to

parties figuring as part of the package.

mainly around organisation and safety,

offer, but Dave has used his time in a manner which supports his true passion;

he also decided not to give it too much

MunMaak Rally

to drive and to enjoy some of the finest cars in the world.

organise it properly.” 2009 saw the inauguration of the MunMaak Rally, which was entitled

The second MunMaak rally titled

“Coast to Coast Rally”. Dave discusses

“City to Coast Rally” in January 2010,

car ownership with others lead him to

that first event with warm openness and

and toured from Bangkok to Pattaya,

organising what he calls ”MunMaak”; an

enthusiasm; “Coast to Coast had 26

including a stop in Khao Yai. By year two,

exclusive event where owners of some of

participants, and it was a drive from Hua

the event had built up a considerable

the world’s fastest wheels can meet, enjoy

Hin to Pattaya, incorporating a stop in

reputation, and featured 37 entrants,

His desire to share the joy of super-


publicity as he was still learning how to

along with some of the very best sports

event chose to come back for the

cars the world has to offer.

2010 MunMaak, such was the buzz of

and more interest in the event, and

excitement which surrounds this uniquely

the Phuket adventure is set to be a

interactive show.

knock-out; “MunMaak Rally is unique in

“The finish line party was held at Central Festival Beach Road,” he explains. “It featured a concert, a huge display

Thailand because traditionally, all of the

MunMaak Phuket Rally

by all of the participants and an award ceremony, which turned into a very large

Each successive rally brings more

car clubs organise their own events, and so you do not have the mix of supercars

The third MunMaak Rally will be held

that we do. It isn’t just a car rally; it also

public crowd! We thank the Pattaya

in June, 2011. It starts and finishes in

represents a lifestyle that incorporates a

local government for the support they

Phuket, after a stunning round trip of the

love of automobiles, film, music, fashion,

have given us. The PR for this event was

Andaman coast and mountains. Dave

art and sport.”

huge, and was covered by many Thai

explains, “The MunMaak Phuket Rally”

motoring magazines. “

is a 250 km drive featuring 50 cars

Due to the wealth of media exposure

participating in a one-day event, with

the MunMaak receives, Dave is currently

additional events and parties scheduled

offering sponsorship packages for

participants get to live out their James

throughout the weekend. Drivers are

companies who wish to benefit from

Bond fantasies for a weekend. Most

treated to a five-star experience that is

the bright spotlight placed upon this

of the people who took part in the first

best described as the ultimate road trip.”

exclusive supercar party. Further details

For the entrance fee of THB 19,999


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are available by contacting Dave on

International Expansion and on the event web site, which is

To the uninitiated, it sounds like quite a thing to organise, but Dave now has

The event is open to anyone with a


experience on his side. Already, plans

car that fits into the line-up. However,

are in progress to take the coveted rally

Dave stresses, “it is our intention to

truly international. The eventual plan is

ensure that the cars taking part are a

for MunMaak in 2012 organising a “City

rolling showcase, so we want the most

to City Rally” that runs from Singapore to

spectacular vehicles ever built. In

Bangkok, because the 2011 MunMaak

addition, we do like to keep the event

has already signed up several drivers

as exclusive and safe as possible;

from Singapore and Malaysia. What

therefore, a background check is done

impresses most is the small-step

to ensure the safety, security and

process, which has created a solid base

comfort of event participants.”

for expansion of the MunMaak concept.

Each successive year brings improvements in event structure and the management of the media focus associated with it. Dave controls it in such a way as to allow for maximum enjoyment by participants and maximum exposure for sponsors too. Thailand itself is perhaps not the first choice for the avid driving fanatic. Stop-start Bangkok jams and endless rows of garish Toyota Vios see to that. Yet for anyone who has a drop of petrol running through their veins, MunMaak represents a fascinating and passionate venture into the world of speed, drama and, let’s be honest, honest-to-goodness showing off. Successful people need time to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and Dave has set out to allow them just that. Despite the indisputable exclusivity of the MunMaak events, the core principle behind the whole project is a simple one; to break down the boundaries which exist between owners of various sports car marques, and bring them together for the safe and responsible enjoyment of their owners, and to allow for the mutual fascination held by the rest of us too.



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